MSc Biomedical Sciences

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (full-time, per year): £9,250

Home (per credit): £51.40

International (full-time, per year): £16,100

About this course

Qualify for a career in the biomedical sector with this new masters programme designed in conjunction with local industry.

  • Embark on a course that will give you a competitive advantage
  • Learn technical and practical skills with a focus on employability
  • Familiarise yourself with current technologies relevant to the biomedical sciences sector
  • Focus on current advances in research

This new masters programme aims to produce graduates who can address the skills shortage in the UK life sciences industry. The North West of England is a growth region for life sciences and this programme will create graduates who are up-to-date with advances in new technologies relevant to the sector. 

The programme was developed in consultation with representatives from the Biopharma and Biomedical sector. These representatives will be involved in programme delivery, offering industry-focused lectures, discussing career progression and opportunities with students.

The curriculum is research-led and the latest sector advances will be explored in student-focussed seminars. Personalised medicine is a key focus of the course; you will gain an in-depth understanding of genomics, the genetic basis of disease and explore new approaches to diagnosis and novel therapeutics in the treatment and management of diseases.


Biomedical Sciences is a multi-disciplinary subject and the staff who teach on the programme reflect this with a broad range of expertise. An open-door policy means that tutor support is available when you need it, whether you require assistance with ongoing studies or information on future career options. 

Biomedical Sciences

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences has an excellent employability record, which is fundamental to our close relationship with industry. The Bioscience and Biopharma sector is a global industry and Biomedical Sciences graduates will be well equipped to contribute to this sector anywhere in the world.

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We expect graduates to progress into roles in diagnostics, research & development, quality assurance, production. Some, on the other hand, will further their academic career by progressing to a PhD.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core modules

Research Methods and Professional Skills
20 credits

Covers all aspects of how to independently plan, execute and write a research project. It includes time management, feasibility studies, statistics, presentation to different audiences, and other professional skills.

Medical Genetics
20 credits

This module aims to develop a reflective understanding of the genetic basis of disease and its investigation. 

Biotechnology Principles & Applications
20 credits

This module aims to develop an advanced understanding of a range of diverse techniques and their applications in the field of biotechnology, relevant to the biosciences.

Cell Technology
20 credits

This module aims to provide an understanding of cell culture as a technological component of aspects of biological research and commercial exploitation.

Diagnostics & Therapeutics
20 credits

This module aims to provide an overview of the application of techniques to disease diagnosis and therapeutic modulation. To appreciate that a personalised medicine approach can improve patient outcomes via targeted and personalised interventions.

Current issues in Biomedical Sciences
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of current developments, controversies and newsworthy items in the biomedical sciences. Industry guest speakers will deliver case studies of products from inception, through Research and Development to final commercial product.

Research Project
60 credits

This module enables you to conduct independent in-depth research in a topic of interest in the biomedical sciences sector.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The 20 credit modules have around 37 teaching hours. Three modules will be delivered in semester 1, three modules in semester 2 and the 60 credit research project will be conducted from May to August. Generally, there are three contact days in semesters 1 and 2. The project will be conducted Monday to Friday for four months.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods used on the programme include lectures, practical sessions (both PC and laboratory based), workshops (support for practical work, discussion forums and a journal club), seminars, group and individual projects, tutorials, and problem solving.

Applied learning

Applied learning will be enhanced by:

  • contributions from local employers who will act as guest lecturers
  • the provision of work-related research projects

Please note: placement opportunities will be dependent on the availability of places offered by industrial partners and interview competition.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

On this programme you will be assessed via examinations, practical reports, oral presentations, critical literature reviews, [HA1] project report and oral defence.

Course tutors

Darren Sexton

Dr Darren Sexton

Programme Leader

Darren started his career with a BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology from Dublin City University, before undertaking an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ulster. He then went on to do a PhD in Medicine at the University of Aberdeen, followed by Post-Doctoral positions. Before joining LJMU as a Senior Lecturer in Immunology, Darren spent 10 years at Norwich Medical School. Darren’s research in immunology, immunomodulation and applications of flow cytometry have brought about many key published findings in inflammation research. His expertise is employed in collaborations on immunomodulatory peptides, nanoparticles and nutraceuticals, as well as the effects of acoustic vibration on immune cell function. 

Education is not just about dissemination of knowledge, but about training our students’ minds in critical thinking, scientific reasoning and evidence-based, research-led decision making. I find this way of teaching a privilege.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

You will study at the Byrom Street site in the University’s City Campus. With an ongoing £12 million investment in laboratory facilities and state-of-the-art research facilities, you will enjoy a first class study environment.

The programme utilises specialist equipment in areas such as molecular biology, mammalian and microbial cell culture, protein biochemistry, microscopy and analytical techniques. The following equipment is available in the school: scanning electron microscopes, transmission electron microscopes, fluorescent microscopes, high pressure liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and a flow cytometer.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2.1 BSc Honours degree in Biomedical Science or another related biological sciences degree


  • alternative nationally recognised higher qualifications with significant, relevant work experience


  • an international qualification that equates to UK requirements
Additional information
  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each component)
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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

Your application will be assessed by the Programme Leader and the Postgraduate Admissions Team.
You will need to:

  • demonstrate sufficient knowledge to embark on the programme
  • demonstrate the ability and commitment to work at postgraduate level
  • display the potential to develop high level research skills
  • demonstrate the ability and commitment to work at postgraduate level

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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